All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Happy Days
We set out on our first trip of the day with reports of whales in the straits. We headed first to Diablo Cove to check out the harbor seals and scan the strait for spouts.
While floating in Diablo Cove we saw spouts by Mile Rock. As we got closer we saw more and more spouts, eventually counting 9-10 whales.
The humpbacks were all relatively close to each other, with some travelling and diving in pairs.
One whale across the channel tail slapped a few times as a large container ship passed between that whale and the rest of the group.
Over the course of the trip the whales moved in towards Baker Beach. We floated with the tide, and a few times they came within 100 yards of us.
We saw one breach towards the Golden Gate Bridge.
We also spotted lots of California sea lions in the strait.
On this trip we picked up an entire trash bag floating in the water, along with a big piece of styrofoam, a Starbucks cup, and a Clorox bottle.
The wind had picked up as we headed out for our next trip. Luckily, the whales had moved in all the way to Cavallo Point.
There were 4-5 humpbacks in this group. They were all individuals who we had seen outside the bridge on the earlier trip. We sighted Gator, Topspot, and Curly, as well as some unnamed whales.
We were able to float in neutral for a lot of the trip and saw a few fluke dives within 50 yards of us.
A strong incoming tide pushed us and the whales farther into the central bay as the trip went on. 2-3 big container ships passed by us, as well as a wide variety of smaller boats.
There were lots of harbor seals in the area as well.
All whale sightings were reported to vessel traffic.